The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: MBIRIKANI  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MBIRIKANI  Female  Sunday, December 13, 2009 Chyulu Hills  3-4 years old  Found on with a horrendous wound caused by a cable snare on her foot  Poaching 

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7/9/2018 - The orphans decided to enjoy the most of their scratching games this morning after their milk bottles and supplement food. Kenia brought Mbegu, Ngilai and Godoma together to scratch on the stockade terraces. Nelion settled to scratch on a rock close to the stockade water hole, while Mbirikani, Mashariki, Bada and Kihari took turns to scratch on a big rock close to the stockade water trough.
The orphan elephants then proceeded to the field and after browsing for more than four hours, Lasayen lay down to enjoy a fun game rolling on the ground. Lasayenís game was very much envied by Murit and Ndotto, his best friends, who came in simultaneously holding him down and interfering with his game. Lasayen shouted for help which brought Mbeguís intervention to rescue Lasayen and give him the space to stand up again.

Panda enjoyed browsing and interacting with Tahri for more than an hour without Ndiiís interference. The two separated when Tahri left with the first milk feeding group towards the baobab water hole at noon. After milk feeding Ndii went back to shepherding her beloved Tahri, not giving Panda another chance to browse with her for the rest of the afternoon.

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 Mbirikani eating greens Mbirikani enjoying some fresh greens
Mbirikani eating greens
photo taken on 6/30/2013
Mbirikani enjoying some fresh greens
photo taken on 6/30/2013


On the 29th June the Big Life team in the Chyulu area were alerted about a calf with a cable snare on the foot, unable to walk properly and clearly in distress. They in turn immediately contacted KWS and the Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit funded by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The Unitís Vet Dr. Poghon traveled to the Chyulus in order to administer immediate assistance.

The immobilized calf's wound is examined  The snare is deeply embedded

The female calf was approximately 3 Ė 4 years old, and her right front foot very swollen, and walking was extremely painful for her, so this was most probably why she could not possibly keep up with her herd. The reason for this horrendous injury was a cable snare taught around the foot. She was dart, the snare was cut away, and then the team set about the gory task of cleaning out the maggots and pus, and giving her huge doses of antibiotic.

It was clear that the wound was in need of ongoing treatment, and this compromised calf, on her own, was very vulnerable. The decision was made for the calf to be transported to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Voi stockades, here Dr. Poghon could continue to give her treatment and monitor her condition, and she would be in the company of the Voi Orphans ensuring that she has the best possible care, and company. She was transported the long journey on a bed of hay in the back of the Ol Donyo Lodge pickup.

The snare wound following removal of the snare  Mbirikani in the stockades at Voi

The grueling journey took 8 hours with Dr. Poghorn nursing her throughout. She was sedated, enough to take the edge off the stress of both the operation and trip. On arrival at the other end the presence of the concerned Voi elephant orphans provided her with great comfort and we are pleased to report that a week down the line she is doing well, feeding well and has settled into her new environment. Most importantly the horrendous wound on her foot is healing well.

Mbirikani eating greens  Mbirikani with snare wound injuries on front leg

Snare wound on Mbirikani's foot  Mbirikani enjoying some fresh greens

We thank the Big Life team headed by Richard Bonham and all those involved who helped rescue this calf from a slow and agonizing death. We have called her Mbirikani, after the group ranch where she was found and rescued.

The rescue team from Big Life  The voi orphans come to greet Mbirikani

The voi orphans greeting Mbirikani  Wasessa outside Mbirikani's stockade


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